Best burger in Petaluma?
Mike's at the Yard is gone, so where would you go?
Although only one part, the meat is a huge factor in making a great burger. Taste the meat alone and you will have a pretty good clue if the burger you just bought is going to be any goodd.
Anyone that thinks Julians makes great burgers hasn't eaten anywhere else. Actually, even if you have never had another burger in your entire life a reasonably dicerning palette can tell that Julian's is super low grade. Their Yelp reviews are old and tire and super inaccurate. They don't offer Niman Ranch anymore, don't have sliders, and are expensive for what you get. Not that it is the best burger in town but Flamez (across the parking lot from Julian's) is head and shoulders above Julian's. Flamez actually grinds their own beef. Taste their meat side by side with Julians and you will wonder who would call Julian's a good burger. I suspect that the owner puts up their good reviews. If so, contact me and I will help you make a better burger. Anyone who gets a burger from both places and prefers Julian's clearly doesn't know burgers...especially when you consider the price.
Wild Goat Bistro makes a pretty mean burger as well does Maguire's. Pretty close to where Mike's at the Yard used to be is Lombardi's. They make the best BBQ burger in town. (I distinguish between diner burgers, BBQ burgers, and fancy burgers. Julian's might be okay in the diner catergory except they charge too much...and their garlic fries are awful.) Walnut Grill makes a pretty good burger right downtown. Blu's burger is okay but nothing special and kind of expensive. Suprisingly, the bowling alley serves a pretty good diner burger. 4th & Sea makes a terrible burger.
Speaking of Mike's at the Yard, their Cotati burger is not nearly as good as it was at the Yard. If you are that far north go into RP to Burger City by Walmart. Terrible decore but a great burger. Also, the new place at Mike's Yard old location is Roy's Dogs and they make great food. Their dogs are made from beef brisket so the flavor is much better than a standard dog. And they make great shakes too. The owners are very nice - we love that place.
For being a cow town (albeit dairy, not meat) Petaluma's 45+ burger joints don't really turn out anything spectacular. Neither does Penngrove, by the way. I keep going back to Super Burger in Penngrove and keep being meet with disappointment.
Sarah, if you ever make it over to Schellville (south Sonoma) check out Fremont Diner. I have yet to taste a burger in Sonoma County that is as good as their grass feed beef burgers (don't forget the bacon.)
2660 Fremont Dr, Sonoma, CA
14988 Farnsworth St, San Leandro, CA 94579
500 Elmira Rd Ste A, Vacaville, CA 95687
Wild Goat Bistro
6 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, CA 94952
re: Civil Bear
Scoot over the mountains and grab a burger at Pine Cone Diner in Pt. Reyes Station. Have a chocolate shake if that's your thing or kick back with a Petaluma-sourced Lagunitas IPA. Cheddar cheese on the burger is my choice. Skin-on fries are an OK side, house-made potato salad is pretty decent. Bring your dog and sit outside. It's all good.
Pine Cone Diner
60 4th St, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
Living in Petaluma, i've tried every burger there is, except the one at Hallie's Diner. I had the patty melt there the other day and it was very good! Came cooked med rare, just like i asked (my biggest pet peeve is when they ask and it comes obliterated anyway....why even ask me then?!). Not really a shocker though, as Hallies does things well.